Monday, May 11, 2009

Fundraising for government?

Last week, the Ohio House of Representatives Finance & Appropriations Committee gave the Governor the “legal authority to create and run nonprofit corporations as a sub-unit of a state governmental department.” An article in the Akron Beacon Journal quotes a bill that would allow these nonprofits to be used to ''‘solicit financial contributions or in-kind contributions of goods to support the fulfillment of the duties and responsibilities’'' of state government.”

We’ve heard of bake sales to raise money for programs in public schools, which is disconcerting in itself, but nonprofits to raise money for government responsibilities? Read more about the United Way’s response (and other social service agencies) here.